Organizations

4-H

4-H is a youth development organization for youth in kindergarten through one year past high school, which works to foster life skills in its members, generally focusing on leadership, citizenship, and community service. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with more than 7 million youth members. Wright County currently has more than 600 4-H members & over 160 adult leaders. 4-H offers a special Cloverbud program for youth in grades kindergarten through second grade. Wright County has 22 clubs throughout the county. 4-H clubs generally conduct monthly meetings, giving youth an opportunity to make new friends and learn about topics they are interested in. Wright County 4-H also hosts various events throughout the year, including overnight & day camps, project workshops, community service projects, bringing projects to the county fair, horse clinics, learning various shooting sports, exchange trips and much more.

There are currently two 4-H clubs in the Delano area.

• Franklin Friends 4-H Club: Meets the second Thursday of the month. Contact club leaders Lori Hartley or Julie Mundahl at  (320) 963-2005 for more information.

• Willing Workers 4-H Club: Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church cafeteria.  Contact club leaders Anna Micka at (612) 741-6437 or Jennifer Kasin at (612) 710-1132.

Animal Humane Society

The Animal Humane Society is the leading animal welfare organization in the Upper Midwest, dedicated to engaging and serving local and regional communities of people and animals. Through its comprehensive programs and services at its locations in Buffalo, Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, St. Paul, and Woodbury, the Animal Humane Society provides resources that compassionately serve all the stages of an animal’s life.

Animal Humane Society is always in need of foster families, volunteers, and business sponsors.

For more information, call (763) 390-3647 or visit www.animalhumanesociety.org.

Big Woods Garden Club

The Big Woods Garden Club, which was founded in 2002, serves the areas of western Hennepin, eastern Wright, and northern Carver counties.

Meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., with 11 meetings per year, no December meeting. Meeting dates, times, and locations may change depending on events and opportunities. Meetings consist of guest speakers, garden craft projects, and garden tours.

The club currently has about 45 members, and Diane Hayes is president.

Membership dues are $10 per year, individual; $20 per year, family/business, and are pro-rated for one-half of the year; seniors are free.

The purpose of the organization is to provide a variety of gardening-related educational programs; plant, install, and assist in maintaining local community plantings to enhance the beauty of cities, towns, parks, and open spaces; raise awareness and funds for community garden programs and efforts; and provide a social environment where individuals interested in gardening can meet and exchange ideas.

The Garden Club created maintains the River Garden near the Crow River in downtown Delano. The club was also integral in starting the Delano Community Garden in 2009.

Special events or projects include the BWGC plant sale in May which takes place the Saturday before Mothers Day and the annual garden tour in July. Both are for the community at large.

Other projects include Adopt-a-Highway project, Delano Adopt-a-Pot project and an annual community planting project, as well as the monthly educational programs, and demonstrations at the meetings

For more information, email Jackie Young at rite2jackie@yahoo.com or call Shirley Eggersgluss at (763) 972-3129.

Bit & Spurs Saddle Club

The Bit & Spurs Saddle Club was founded in Hamel about 35 years ago, to learn from each other as a group with their horses. The club consists of about 50 families from areas as far away as Wisconsin, but who live primarily in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

The club is a member of the National Saddle Club Association (NSCA), as well as the Western Saddle Club Association (WSCA). During the season, the club hosts several closed shows (for members only). This is a great opportunity for families who are new to horses to learn from others, have fun riding, and meet new friends.

If anyone is interested in joining, or for more information, call President Kayleigh Gray at (763) 245-9368 or visit www.mnomoksee.com/saddle-clubs/bit-spurs-saddle-club/

Delano American Legion

The Delano American Legion Post 377 was first founded in 1919 and chartered in 1924. The current commander is Jack Lynch. The adjutant is Troy Kriesch, finance officer Tim Falde, Sergeant at Arms Carl Janzen, and chaplain Joel Branis. Post 377 is actively involved with the following projects: Delano Fourth of July Celebration, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, veteran’s funerals, Legion Baseball, Girls and Boys State, essay scholarship contest and a variety of other activities that support Americanism education, veterans and children and youth. The Post holds regular meetings on the first Monday of the month.

There are more than 500 members in the Legion Family which includes: Post 377, the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, President Sharon (Sam) Wickert; the Delano Sons of the American Legion (SAL), President Brian Blowers; and American Legion Riders, Director Steve Garrison.

The SAL has an omelette breakfast the second Sunday of the month. Bingo is always a favorite Thursday nights at the Legion. Kitchen is open Wednesday through Saturday, with many special events taking place at the Legion throughout the year.

This is a very active post, not only in the community, but also in the district. The organization had two past district commanders and three district presidents.

If anyone wants to join any of the three groups, they may call the Delano American Legion at (763) 972-2969. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org. or find it on Facebook.

If you meet a vet, thank him or her. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org or find it on Facebook.

Delano Area Chamber of Commerce

The Delano Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is a member organization formed to support and enhance the business community. The chamber has six committees – business development, economic development, membership, government affairs, ambassadors, and a marketing task force. Within these committees, there are sub-committees that assist in executing the chamber’s annual initiatives.

Regular general membership meetings are the third Thursday of each month at noon. Come at 11:45 a.m. for networking prior to the meeting. For the location of the next meeting and to RSVP, call (763) 972-6756, or e-mail dacc@delanochamber.com. Also check out the chamber’s web site at www.delanochamber.com and find it on Facebook.

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture

The Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture came together in spring 2009 to “empower people to think, work and live creatively through art and cultural experiences.”

Its mission statement is evident with the annual “Old Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Delano.”  With the help of a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and numerous local groups, the event was organized to support local artists, musicians and actors and to entertain the larger community in downtown Delano.  The 9th annual event will be in December 2017.

The City of Delano and the Arts Council established the Highway 12 Sculpture Park and in May 2017 a labyrinth will be installed there.  The community was engaged in planning, fund raising and publicizing the labyrinth.  The Council is actively looking for local artists to submit proposals for additional sculptures.

The Arts Council communicates, connects and collaborates with various local groups and individuals to bring the arts to local residents.  With the co-operation of local artists, the Council has sponsored interactive Art Jams for all ages in the community.  A sidewalk chalk art contest was organized and staffed by Arts Council members at Delano’s Fourth of July Family Day and this will become an annual activity.

The Arts Council supports local artists and enhances the culture of the Delano area community.  Friend the group on Facebook for current community art and cultural events.  Watch for new events, projects and collaborations from this group.

Anyone interesting in joining the Arts Council should contact Deb DeBeer at 612-636-3618 or Sarah Hellmich at 763-226-1799.

Delano Area Foundation

The Delano Area Foundation was founded in 1997 to start an endowment for the Delano area. It offers an excellent opportunity for any person to make lasting contributions to the Delano area. Donations are tax-deductible.

The foundation meets three to four times a year. Lloyd Griep is the president.

For more information, or if interested in joining as a board member, call Lloyd Griep at (763) 242-4678 or email lgriepdelano@gmail.com.

Delano Artists Guild

The Delano Artists Guild was founded in January 2002.

The purpose of the organization is the promotion of visual arts in the community, and to create a place for artists to work, teach, and sell their art.

There are about 15 members in the organization, which meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Paint House.

Special projects or events include the October Art Show, as well as ongoing participation in local art shows and classes.

New members at any stage in art are welcome. If anyone is interested in joining, or has more questions, call Pat Jakobsen at (763) 242-4474.

Delano Athletic Club

The Delano Athletic Club (DAC) was founded in 1948 by Father Handzel, Perry Ditty, Valentine “Dutch” Styrbicky, and Fred Parsons. The organization’s purpose is to help improve local baseball and softball facilities and support youth and adult athletic programs.

Current officers are President Steve Eilen, Vice President Jack Lynch, Secretary Mark Petersen, and Treasurer Brent Soderberg. Approximately 20 other active members are involved, with meetings generally once per month.

The DAC has spear-headed many projects over the years, including installing the light towers on the main baseball field in 1948, numerous re-surfacing projects and providing the irrigation system to the field.

More recently, the DAC headed the field renovation projects over the last two years which include a new scoreboard, stadium seating in the grandstand, premium deck seating, back-stop netting, a new concession stand and a pavilion area enclosed with decorative fencing.

Delano hosted the 2016 Minnesota American Legion Baseball Tournament and will be hosting the 2019 Minnesota Amateur Baseball Tournament.

For more information, contact Steve Eilen at (612) 710-8865 or Jeff Janzen at (952) 270-6612.

Delano Boy Scout Troop 273

The Delano Boy Scout Troop 273 was founded in the 1940s.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character and leadership skills.

There are about 45 members in the organization, which meets Mondays in the community room above the Heritage Center or at the Delano American Legion from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The first Monday of the month is Patrol Leader Council from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the adult leader/interested parent meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This boy-led troop empowers boys to be leaders by allowing them to develop a troop program and then take responsibility for figuring out how to achieve their goals. They accomplish this by electing a senior patrol leader and then organizing into groups of patrols under the guidance of the scoutmaster.

The troop camps or overnights  each month and does high adventure trips such as mountain treks in New Mexico and seabase ocean trips in Florida, and other activities. Special projects or events include highway cleanups, the Fourth of July pop stand, wreath sales, and camping trips.

Anyone over the age of 11 interested in joining is invited to visit any meeting. Visit www.delanoscouts.com for more information.

Delano Cub Scout Pack 273

The Delano Cub Scout Pack 273 was founded in 1930. Cub Scouts is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for boys to build their quality of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating as a citizen, and to develop personal fitness. Personal fitness includes physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

There are about 70 scouts and 10 den leaders in the organization, which usually meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Delano Evangelical Free Church.  Individual dens meet separately twice a month as well to work on achievements.

Special projects or events include Scouting for Food, Memorial Day parade, Fourth of July parade, youth overnight camping, Pinewood Derby Races, day camps, Blue and Gold Banquet, and Crow River Clean-up.

Each year in September there is a special signup night for youth interested in joining the Scouting program, known as School Night for Scouting, or they can join Scouts at any time throughout the year.

For more information, contact Cubmaster Brett Hansen at (952) 221-6582 or Pack273Delano@gmail.com, or Pack Committee Chair Nick Lamecker at nlamecker@gmail.com.  Please visit www.pack273.net for more information on Scouting or search for “Pack 273 Delano” on Facebook.

Delano Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.

The local chapter hosts a banquet each fall. For additional information on the Delano chapter, call Galen Hayes at (612) 685-3779, Bryan Baumann at (952) 955-2223,  Jeff Graunke at (763) 442-5939, or Chairman Cory Cederberg at (763) 972-2540.

Delano Farmers Market

The market is located on the corner of Highway 12 and County Line Road in the Flippin’ Bills parking lot. It is open May through October, Wednesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Delano Farmers Market allows local farmers to bring the freshest, locally-grown produce and other products. One may find fresh produce, breads, fruits, jams, honey, homemade pies, maple syrup, eggs, beef and chicken products, fresh salsa, fresh flowers, and handcrafted items. Watch for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

One booth is available for Delano non-profit organizations to raise awareness or money for their organization.

For more information, call Deb Hoen, market manager, at (763) 238-2702.

Delano Fourth of July Committee, Inc.

The purpose of the Delano Fourth of July Celebration Committee, Inc. is to organize Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, which is recognizing its 160th celebration in 2016.

There are representatives of six local organizations that comprise the committee: the Delano Athletic Club, Delano Lions Club, Delano Sportsmen’s Club, Delano Jaycees, Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and Delano American Legion. The committee meets once a month, eight or nine months of the year.

The event features the parade, baseball tournaments, men’s and women’s softball tournaments, bands for both young and old under the big top (never a cover charge), a family entertainment stage, kiddie parade, childrens’ tractor pull, carnival, fireworks, and much more.

For more information, visit www.delano4th.com, like the celebration on Facebook and follow on Twitter, or call Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Alex Roeser at (763) 972-2951.

Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society

Established in 1999 to preserve the area’s rich history and educate the public, the Delano/Franklin Township Area Historical Society currently has 30 members which meet the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Delano Heritage Center (old library). The society also sponsors an event the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center or at Delano City Hall. These events are presentations on historic areas, buildings, organizations, or traditional skills. They are open to anyone interested in history.

Individuals may donate items to the museum and/or use the resources to learn about the history in the Delano area, or discover and work on their own family history.

For more information, visit www.DelanoMNHistory.org, like the organization on Facebook, leave a message at (763) 257-2953, President: Jon Steinmetz, Vice President: Bob Heltmes, Secretary/Treasurer: Marla Frach

Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf

Delano Helping Hands food shelf, located in the Delano Community Education building, 140 Elm Ave., Delano, Minnesota  55328.  The food shelf was founded in 1985, and it is supported entirely by volunteer efforts.

The food shelf is open for food distribution each Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and also every third Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.  The organization helps about 75 families on a monthly basis.

Delano Helping Hands is involved in the Minnesota March FoodShare Campaign, the annual grassroots food and fund drive that provides more than half the food distributed by 300 food shelves throughout the state. The Minnesota March Campaign is the only annual food and fund drive statewide of its kind effort where every dollar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry.  The Loretto-Delano United Way has continued to support the food shelf.  Area churches, organizations, businesses and individuals participate.  The food shelf relies on donations for support.

If anyone is interested in helping at the food shelf, call your local church.  Help us help others.  Choose to donate your time, food, or money.  Every little bit helps. We can all make a difference. If you are in need contact us to learn more on how we can assist you and your family in a way that preserves dignity and respect.

Co-Chairs: Jeanie Pilarski– (763) 972-3360 and Sandy Pikus–(763) 972-3723

Delano Jaycees

The Delano Jaycees was founded in 1981, and currently has about 30 alumni and current members that generally meet the third Tuesday of the month at Caliber Home Loans at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the organization is to provide community service, improve members’ leadership abilities, and promote personal growth and professional development.

The Jaycees are active in the community by running projects, helping the citizens, and donating money to the food shelf, local programs, schools, and many other areas of the Delano community.

Special projects or events include the annual sandbox fill in May; a Delano Tiger driveway stencil project; Pitch, Hit, and Run in the spring; spring highway cleanup; golf tournament in August; local Punt, Pass, and Kick in September; Toys for Love INC in December; and Puck in the Park in January.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, find the chapter on Facebook, or call President Kevin Jaunich at (763) 245-7645 or State Delegate Ryan Gueningsman at (763) 972-6756.

Delano Legion Market

Delano Legion Market Days take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday June through October in the Delano American Legion parking lots and Riverside Commons at 10 Bridge Ave. E. For more information, email delanolegionmarket@gmail.com or call (612) 849-2935.

Delano Lions

Established in 1965 to support community interests and aid sight- and hearing-challenged individuals. The Delano Lions currently has 45 members. The Lions meet the second Thursday of the month at 7:45 a.m. at Bonde Bistro, and the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at South Fork Brewing.

Special projects include the Delano Fourth of July parade, Christmas tree sales, and various fundraisers. The Delano Lions will be hosting its annual golf tournament at River’s Edge Golf Course in August.

The Lions adopt Highway 12 between Hennepin County roads 92 and 90 for ditch cleanup. They also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids, and donate time and money to various local organizations and people in need. For details on joining, or for more information, email President Chris Keller at ckeller612@yahoo.com or call Lion Dale Vander Linden at (763) 972-6726.

Delano/Loretto Girl Scouts

The Delano/Loretto Girl Scouts was founded in 1912. The Girl Scout Council of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys is part of the preeminent organization for, and leading authority on, girls cultivating their character, confidence, and social conscience while teaching them critical life skills to succeed as adults. The Delano Loretto Service Unit consists of 12 Troops, with 115 girls and 34 adults.

Special projects or events include summer and winter encampments, community service projects, and bronze, silver, and gold awards.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (800) 845-0787 or visit delanogirlscouts.com or girlscoutsrv.org. Contact Natasha Cardinal at birdiegirl77@rocketmail.com or (763) 227-7704 for more information.

Delano Loretto United Way

For more than 50 years, the Delano Loretto Area United Way has been a source of help for people in need. Originally founded as the Delano Community Chest, the United Way is the oldest and farthest reaching charitable organization in the greater Delano and Loretto area.

The Delano Loretto Area United Way is managed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers from the communities, as well as a part-time coordinator, Courtney Olson. United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign, as well as benefits from in-house business, corporate, and school-giving programs, and civic and fraternal philanthropy.

The organization’s president is Ryan Gueningsman; Vice President Joe Tipka; Secretary Monica Kowalke; treasurer Elizabeth Graunke; and Past President Kevin Max. Additional board members are Bob Van Lith, Marlene Kittock, Diane Johnson, Kathy Nordling, Darren Schuler, and Mollie Hoese.

To join the United Way in giving, either as a board member or a donor, e-mail delanolorettouw@gmail.com or call (763) 972-4429. Learn more by visiting www.delanolorettouw.org.

Delano Relay For Life

Relay For Life is a community gathering in which the entire community can participate in the fight against cancer. This is the 13th anniversary of Delano hosting this event and we hope you will join us. Teams of people camp out at the city park and take turns walking around the pathway that is lit by luminaria bags after dusk.  If you are not on a team you are still welcome at the event! Please come and hang out for as long as you want.  There are activities, crafts and food for everyone.

Each team is asked to have a representative on the path at all times during the event, because “cancer never sleeps.” This event is open to the public and the committee welcomes everyone. Stay for an hour or stay for the whole event. Organizers want as many people as possible to join in the fight against cancer, because it is time to finish the fight.

Volunteers are needed for the event in many areas – folding luminary bags, being on a team, planning details for the event, and telephone calls. The theme for 2017 is “Finish the Fight – Super Hero’s Unite!” and will be held on Saturday, July 22nd from 2pm – 12am at Central Park.

For more information, contact Kate Steinbach at (320) 255-0757 ext. 309, e-mail delano.relay@gmail.com, or contact Lynn Bartels at 763-972-2000, email lynnbartels@playlsi.com.

Delano Snowstormers

Snowmobile Club

Delano Snowstormers, a local non-profit snowmobile club originally started in the early ‘70s, continues strong and active in 2017.

There are 52 memberships (family and individual) and are members of the Wright County Snowmobile Association, Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and has DNR-Certified Youth Snowmobile Safety Instructors.

Club members perform extensive trail maintenance each spring and fall, build and repair bridges, install signage, create and reroute trails, maintain equipment and support necessary trail projects throughout the year. Groomer drivers manage grooming responsibilities for 45 miles of trails with a Wright County Snowmobile Association groomer operated and maintained by Snowstormers, and use a club-owned small groomer for in-town trails. A well-kept club shelter is nestled in the woods along the scenic trail route for snowmobilers to enjoy a break from their ride. Snowstormers appreciate and respect landowners’ private properties as they permit use of their land for snowmobiling. The club takes pride in keeping trail systems maintained and safe for all to ride.

Snowstormers host an annual fundraiser in December, conduct youth snowmobile safety training every January, organize special club events, participate in community events and schedule club rides as trail conditions allow.

Come to Delano/Wright County and enjoy the snowmobile trails.  Trail maps are available at local businesses throughout the county.

New members are always welcome. Club meetings are the second Monday of each month at the Delano American Legion, 7:30 p.m.  For more information call 952-955-2894 or visit  delanosnowstormers.com.

Delano Sportsmen’s Club

The Delano Sportsmen’s Club was founded in 1898 as the Delano Gun Club. In those days, the club was made up of the community elite, and activities consisted mostly of hunting raccoons, and training dogs. Trap shooting soon became one of the club’s major activities, as well.

As the years went by, it became evident that conservation of the environment and wildlife was necessary to preserve the community’s heritage and future well-being, so the club gradually became involved in activities promoting this. The club was largely responsible for governmental action prohibiting the unregulated dumping by industries and others into the Crow River.

In 1937, the club changed its name to the Delano Sportsmen’s Club, as a broader membership base was desired. With the building of the new clubhouse in 1974, the new traphouse in 1985, and constant improvement of the range facilities, including the shooting shelter in 1987 and ongoing significant noise abatement , the organization has grown to more than 500 members. The club has purchased the 75-acre farm just west of the club house and is investigating ways to best utilize it on behalf of the members and the public.

Some projects of the club include winter feeding of pheasants, raising pheasant chicks for restocking, annual planting of evergreen tree plots for habitat improvement, a firearm safety course, a bowhunter safety course, an advanced firearms safety course, and a members-only turkey shoot and fishing contest.

The club also provides financial support to many organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, Freshwater Society, TIP, and many others.

The club financed, as well as provided labor for the new public access on Lake Sarah and Dean Lake. Club trapshooters have raised about $50,000 for the Variety Heart Club Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota, as well as donating $1,000 in 1990 to get the Wright County

4-H shooting sports program going. The club also created the Kelly Aurentz scholarship fund as part of the Delano Dollars for Scholars, and contributes $500 to it each year.

The president of the club is Tom Delaney. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Lunch is provided after each meeting. For more information or to join, call Joe and Jan Kittok at (763) 972-2989. Dues are $150 per year, with the opportunity to reduce that to $50 through work projects around the club and volunteering for shifts at the Fourth of July Celebration.

Friends of the Delano Library

The Friends of the Delano Library was founded in 1984, and currently has 20 members. It meets monthly at the Delano Public Library, on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.   Call the library at (763) 972-3467 to confirm meeting dates and times since they may change. We are always looking for new members so please consider joining.

The purpose of the organization is to promote the library’s programs, and provide volunteer and monetary assistance to ongoing programs. The organization helps to encourage community awareness of the library, by hosting events and providing media communications.

Special projects and events include the annual spring book sale in April, the March photo exhibit, supporting the summer children’s programs with treats and volunteers, October art exhibit, November Fiber Art exhibit, numerous special events and author visits, supporting the January adult winter reading program with incentives and prizes, and facilitating a quilt exhibit in February.

If you interested in joining or volunteering, or have more questions, visit the library and find more information and membership forms on the Friends of the Library bulletin board found inside the library near the book return slot.

General Federated Women’s Club of Delano

The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano was founded April 24, 1968. The club currently has 25 members, and meets the second Monday of the month, September through May, at the Delano Public Library.

GFWC’s motto is “Unity in Diversity”.  Our purpose is to provide a channel through which women can best realize their own capabilities, and make a valuable contribution of service to their community.

Past projects include several renovations to the Delano City Library, began volunteer recycling and supported city-wide recycling, equipped a neighborhood park with playground equipment, constructed a gazebo in the park, completed a walking path connecting downtown to the schools, and completed a walkway from the street to the gazebo, city beautification efforts, supported M.E.A.D.A., contributed to the ECFE playground equipment project, supported the Delano Middle School auditorium refurbishment and raised funds for development of Riverfront Park.

Ongoing projects include the summer Concerts in the Park series, a Card Marathon, supporting the Anna Marie shelter, promoting the awareness and prevention of domestic violence which often lead to homelessness. Proceeds from fundraisers including the Snowflake Luncheon, Citizen of the Year Banquet and singing telegrams are used to fund community improvement projects. In addition, the club sponsors a Delano area student to attend HOBY leadership training, Delano Athletics, Dollars for Scholars, Golden Living Center, Old Fashioned Christmas, Operation Nice (troop support), Operation Smile, Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, St Peter’s School and USO’s Operation Phone Home.

Officers through April 30, 2018 are Jennifer Halverson, president, Marlene Muckenhirn, first vice president; Barb Matuska, second vice president; Chris Brazelton, secretary; Marge Barfknecht, treasurer; Jeanie Pilarski, publicity; and Lorraine Statema, historian.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has more questions, contact Chris Brazelton at (612) 209-4553 or Jeanie Pilarski at (763) 972-3360.)

Knights of Columbus

Immaculate Conception

Council 4653

The Knights of Columbus Council 4653 was founded Dec. 8, 1958, and currently has 140 members which meet the third Tuesday of the month immediately following 6 p.m. mass at St. Martha’s Hall at St. Peter’s Church. It is affiliated with the Fraternal Organization of Catholic Gentlemen, associated with Fourth Degree 2649 Christ the King Assembly of Buffalo, and Nicollet Assembly 526 of Minneapolis.

The purpose of the organization is to defend the Catholic faith, protect widows and orphans, and perform acts of faith, hope, and charity.

Special projects or events include the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, which raises funds for programs for the mentally challenged and for local activities in the churches and communities, supporting Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth baseball, softball, and other youth sports, and local area churches and schools.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, call Kevin Otto at (763) 972-2847.

Love INC-Heartland

Love INC – Heartland, Love  In the Name of Christ is a shared Christian ministry of 28 area churches working together to help people in need.  Love INC serves Delano, Independence, Loretto, Greenfield, Rockford, Mayer, Montrose, Howard Lake, Waverly, Watertown, Corcoran, Winsted and Maple Plain.  Our Thrift Store in Delano, at 318 Railroad Ave, serves people in need and sells to the general public to support the ministry. This year we have added a second store which is also open to the public and serving neighbors in need it is at 801 Hwy 12 in Howard Lake.  Last year over 13,000 needs were met through the cooperation of our over 10,821 volunteer hours.

Financial donations and donations of items in good condition are always welcome.  Clothing and fabric items of a lesser quality are sold by the pound and also help the ministry.  To donate furniture and items please feel free to call on of the store managers and arrange for a drop off.  We are sorry but we are unable to take furniture and beds that have holes, stains, bad scratches, odors, or pet damage.  Many items cost us to dispose of and that takes funds away from our mission to help families in need.  Contact us for a list of items we recycle and those we cannot accept.

The Love INC annual fundraiser dinner will take place May 1. it is a Minnesotan Mystery Dinner at the Medina Ballroom at 4pm.  Call the Love INC Office 763-972-6547 x 5 for tickets.

Prayer, monetary contributions, and volunteer work are appreciated. To volunteer, or for more information, call us at 763-972-6547.  Both stores and offices share this same phone number.

Thank you for all of your support.  God bless you and this generous community.

Love INC – Heartland is a local 501(c) (3) non-profit agency and 84 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and people in need.

Visit the webpage www.loveinceheartland.org for more information.  Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on all of the ongoing sales and the Alley Sales at https://www.facebook.com/Love-INC-Heartland-Love-in-the-Name-of-Christ.

Special Olympics of Minnesota Delano Community Team

Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and competition for people with mental disabilities that contribute to lifelong physical fitness, personal growth, and achievement.  The competitions are patterned after the Olympics games and are held annually at the area, state, national, and world level.  In addition to the athletic competitions, these games and tournaments include Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, victory dances, and a variety of cultural activities.  Athletes age 8 years old and up are eligible for training and competition. The Delano Special Olympics team competes in bowling, basketball, swimming, track and field, and bocce. For more information, contact Andrea MacLean at (763) 972-3400.

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International’s mission is to improve leadership and communications skills. Anyone who is interested may attend. Interested members have the opportunity to pursue district leadership and to compete in serious, humorous, tall tale and table topics contests. Proven developmental techniques assure that even the most inexperienced beginner can be successful.

Tri-County Toastmasters started in Delano in 1971, rechartered in 1982 and moved to Watertown several years ago.  They meet at 6:45 a.m. every Friday at Watertown City Hall.  All adults over age 18 are eligible for membership and those under 18 are welcome to participate in learning better communication and leadership skills.  Tri-County has about 20 members.

Contact Dale Vander Linden at (763) 972-6726 or timberdan1@msn.com or Debra Olson at debramarje@gmail.com of (320) 485-4398 for more information, or visit www.toastmasters.org.

Wright County Historical Society

The Wright County Historical Society, founded in 1942, serves to serves to collect, preserve, and share our history. Admission and use of the extensive research library are free. Special events include summer history camp events, the children’s school program at the Wright County Fair, the 32 piece, one-man-band called the ‘Nelsonian’, and a Hands On History Gallery which encourages history learning through hands-on activities.

There are more than 500 members in the organization. Officers are Constance Carlson, President; John Norman, Vice President; and Claudia Menzel, Secretary. Board meetings are the third Wednesday of the month and are open to the public.

For more information, visit the website, www.wrighthistory.org, or call (763) 682-7323.

Wright County Minnesota Kennel Club

The Wright County Minnesota Kennel Club was founded in 1973, and is dedicated to the preservation of purebred dogs through educational programs, AKC licensed events, and social activities.

There are about 40 members in the organization, which meets the second Thursday of the month at various locations. Anyone who wants to learn more about showing dogs in AKC events, or just have fun, is encouraged to join.

Special projects and events include AKC Rally Obedience and Obedience Trial in March, conformation’s junior showmanship all-breed show in October, and fun matches in obedience, rally, conformation, and agility in the summer months.

Officers in the chapter are Diana McCarty, president; Colleen Heese, vice president; Virginia Matanic, treasurer; and Carol Carbonell, correspondence secretary.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has more questions, visit http://wcmkc.homestead.com/ or call Diana McCarty at (763) 682-4699.